I think a reasoned response to fake news on the internet is sorely needed. Off the internet, we can tell yellow journalism more easily I think, particularly when it screams at us in bold headlines at the check-out counter. On the internet, fake news sites may masquerade as serious publications by using similar names. The ability to share fake news makes it even more insidious because it become no longer about the original writer (or video creator) but about something passed on by a person we trust. I have a few personal rules of thumb for weeding out fake news and videos:
- WHO originally wrote or created it
- WHAT message is it trying to convey
- WHY was it created
- HOW does reading or viewing it change anything - for me or for others
In this age of group think, it is imperative to remember that we are individually responsible for how we react to any information. I think the saddest thing in our age, is not fake news, but the fake red line drawn between right and left that pretends to be the line between good and evil.